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Author Vogan, Travis, author

Title ABC Sports : the rise and fall of network sports television / Travis Vogan
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xiii, 291 pages)
Series Sport in world history ; 4
Sport in world history ; 4.
Contents Introduction : ABC Sports and network sports television -- The "Almost Broadcasting Company" and the birth of ABC Sports -- ABC's Wide World of Sports : "The seedbed of modern sports television" and the Cold War -- "The network of the Olympics" : starring Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell -- Monday Night Football, Brian's song, and the roots of the prime-time TV event -- The news from Munich on the "Arledge Broadcasting Company" -- "What in the wide, wide world of sports is going on here?" : trashsports and scandal -- "No more sacred cows" : the end of ABC Sports' golden age -- Conclusion : from Wide World of Sports to the worldwide leader in sports -- Appendix 1 : Wide World of Sports inaugural season schedule, 1961 -- Appendix 2 : ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year -- Appendix 3 : top 15 television audiences of all time as of Roots' premier -- Appendix 4 : top ten most watched Wide World of Sports episodes
Summary "ABC Sports shaped how the world consumes sport. The American Broadcasting Company sports division is behind some of network television's most significant practices, celebrated personalities, and iconic moments. It created the weekend anthology Wide World of Sports, transformed professional football into a prime-time spectacle with Monday Night Football, fashioned the Olympics into a mega media event, and even revolutionized TV news. This cultural and institutional history of ABC Sports examines the development of network sports television in the United States and the aesthetic, cultural, political, and industrial practices that mark it. ABC Sports traces the storied division from its beginnings through the internet age to reveal the changes it endured along with the new sports media environment it spawned"--Provided by publisher
Analysis abc sports
amateur sports
american broadcasting company
american sports
college football
college sports
digital age
internet age
monday night football
network sports
professional football
professional sports
sports industry
sports television
tv news
tv sports
wide world of sports
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 28, 2018)
Subject ABC Sports.
ABC Sports
Television broadcasting of sports -- United States -- 20th century
Television broadcasting of sports
United States
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2018021121
ISBN 9780520966260